David and Violet Spevack

In honor of David Spevack’s 100th birthday on June 5, the directors of the CJN Foundation are contributing $1,800 to the Foundation’s Violet Spevack Internship Endowment Fund.

The endowment fund was created in 2011 to honor Spevack’s wife Violet on her 95th birthday and to recognize her 46 years (and counting) of service to the Cleveland Jewish News as a columnist and feature writer. The fund creates a paid summer journalism internship for a college student.

“The CJN internship program is one of the most engaging, high-quality and rewarding programs of its kind in the country,” said CJN Foundation vice president Gayle Horwitz, who is a former CJN editorial intern. “As a student, it exposed me to the vibrancy and diversity of the Cleveland Jewish community in a way that sparked a lifelong commitment as an adult.”

Each summer, the endowment will fund a college student’s work as a CJN reporting intern, providing the opportunity to grow professionally and personally and to learn and practice print and electronic journalism, said CJN Foundation president Susan C. Levine. “Training the next generation of Jewish journalists will ensure that all Violet has worked for, and that Dave has supported her in, will long endure,” Levine said.

Beginning Tuesday, May 29, Elana Fink, who just completed her freshman year as a journalism major at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, will be the first Violet Spevack Editorial Intern.

In July 2011, over 730 people honored Violet Spevack at the Vi-Vi-Vi-vacious! fundraiser that launched the endowment fund. “In making this additional donation to the Spevack fund,” said Levine, “the CJN directors invite every Vi-Vi-Vi-vacious! attendee, plus the entire CJN readership, to join in this thoughtful and meaningful tribute to Cleveland’s ‘first family’ of the social scene.

“It is no secret,” Levine said, “that throughout her career, Dave has been at Violet’s side. “One-hundred times chai (life) seems like just the thing to honor Dave and perpetuate the Spevack name through the CJN’s student internship.”

All donations will be recognized in the CJN’s print and electronic editions and can be made via the form, below, or at www.cjn.org/spevackfund.

 

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